You may not have money for an entire energy-saving home remodel, and maybe you don’t even own your house. However, there is one simple thing you can do (with permission from your landlord). You can fix the air leaks in your house. Sealing up the cracks between your toasty interior and windy exterior can greatly reduce your homes energy usage through more efficient heating (and cooling.) Of course, lowering energy usage saves you money and lowers your carbon footprint.
What's in it for you and the planet
Many homes constantly leak their temperature-controlled air and take in outside weather even if they don’t feel drafty. With the windows and doors closed, there can still be hidden gaps around window or doorframes, between the baseboards and floorboards, and by outlets. Didn’t your parents tell you not to, “heat the great outdoors!” Turns out, they were right on the money.
On average, you can save 5-10% on your energy bill or 7.5% on average.
What are the savings for sealing windows and leaks?